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  • Young child holding sign with "#SAYHERNAME" on it.

    In honor of the National Day of Action to End State Violence Against Black Women, Girls and Femmes, lawyer, researcher and activist Andrea J. Ritchie presents some policy ideas to eliminate police sexual violence, gendered racial profiling and other ways officers target Black girls, women and gender nonconforming people.

  • #RaceAnd on background grid of faces in different colored blocks.

    #RaceAnd is a special 8-part video series produced by Race Forward’s Video Production Specialist Kat Lazo, exploring the many ways that race compounds and intersects with all the other issues faced by people of color. Each video features a different artist, activist, or thinker, sharing their lived experience how race intertwines with their other identities, and how that mix impacts their lives both personally and systemically.

  • Clocking-In Logo, with 4 people standing in a group.

    Race Forward's "Clocking-In" project is an interactive, multimedia tool that shows racial & gender inequities in the restaurant, retail, and domestic industries. Visit Clocking-In for data, stories, and resources to support collective action for fair treatment at work!

  • Facing Race Keynote Speakers: Roxane Gay and Jose Antonio Vargas!

    A unique, collaborative space for racial justice movement-making, Facing Race: A National Conference is the place to be for organizers, educators, creatives and other leaders. Join us in Atlanta this November for #FacingRace16 — register today!

  • Prince performs during the 2013 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 19, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    The Purple One died April 21 at the age of 57. Colorlines Staff share some reflections and some of their favorite Prince songs.

  • "Building The We" report cover.

    "Building the We," published by Race Forward, features key successes and lessons from the local leaders who ushered in a new agenda for the City of Salinas: Healing-Informed Governing for Racial Equity. This report serves as a useful resource for local governments, community advocates and philanthropists who aim to champion racial equity in their own localities.

Race Forward

Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation was formerly known as the Applied Research Center (ARC). The goal of our rebrand was to:

  • Lead with race in the same way that our organization does.
  • Highlight the centrality of addressing "Race" and the importance of paving the way "Forward" to racial justice.
  • Convey the urgency of moving forward using the word "Race."

Race Forward advances racial justice through research, media, and practice. Founded in 1981, Race Forward brings systematic analysis and an innovative approach to complex race issues to help people take effective action toward racial equity.



  • Cutting edge, original research on pressing racial justice issues.
  • Intersectional approach to how race compounds and intersects with other societal issues, which can be described as "race and..."
  • Strong social change practice.


  • Colorlines, a daily news site where race matters with award winning investigative reporting and news analysis.
  • Use of storytelling and multimedia to amplify key issues we cover.
  • Pushing key race stories into the mainstream media.


  • Facing Race, the largest conference for racial justice movement-making, focused on alliance-building, issue framing, and advancing solutions.
  • Speakers, training, consulting services.
  • Action-oriented campaigns, such as Drop the I-Word, which seeks to eliminate the derogatory term "illegal."